There Should Not Be Any Required Courses In College

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Simply, university is meant to be a time to explore one’s self. Yet almost all post secondary institutions traditionally impose some unequivocal academic curriculum, nearly deciding the path of a student’s career long before they can question their own passion. Then, the minimum conditions of the institution must be met in order for the student to be awarded with the respected credit. Because of this, universities influence students to pursue standard, foundation courses, even if the subject adds zero value to future career aspirations. Moreover, there are many students in North America that suffer both mentally and physically to pass these foundation courses that in turn do not support their career choices overall. Though many external factors weigh in on the traditional college curriculum, such as: budget cuts that lead to smaller class sizes, higher applications and fewer available seats, and low engagement on campuses, it is the looming disconnect between a student and the input of their future that has me really shaken. It is why I believe college and university students should have complete and total freedom when choosing post secondary courses.
Budget Cut 2013
Recently, Alberta faced a devastating 6.8 per cent cut in post secondary education funding during the 2013 budget, and this affected Mount Royal University (MRU), our institution, significantly with a “7.3 per cent deficit” (Budget FAQs, in the institutions’ budget. New students had their 2013 fall registration delayed, while MRU scrambled to react to the distressing funding cut of more than 7 per cent, when recently promised a 2 per cent increase (Budget FAQs, Diploma degrees, such as the engineering transfer program and the journalism certificate, were completely removed from being offered – even to those students who were already accepted into the program (Quirico, Swan, “Alberta’s Post Secondary Schools React to Budget Cuts”). Not only did the cuts halt new enrollment, class sizes suffered as well. Courses once seating over 25 students were now cut down to 15 or maybe 16 students. And if you got in to the course that you wanted consider yourself lucky, because I know I wasn’t one of the fortunate ones. Not only was my registration immobilized, but I too was left scrambling to pick suitable classes in order to graduate. But how was I to do so when all the required courses were filled? If I wanted to graduate on time, did I have to choose my plan C courses in order to fulfill my requirement as a full time student?
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